Brown Mountain

EEG legal injunction to stop logging at Brown Mountain

Friday, August 21, 2009

Environment East Gippsland has applied for an injunction in the Supreme Court of Victoria to stop the logging of Brown Mountain.

On Friday 21st August the Brumby Government announced the go-ahead to clearfell the controversial 600-800 year old forest along Brown Mountain Creek that they promised in 2006 would be the ‘old growth walk’ for tourists.

East Gippsland's trees - older than America's discovery

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that a recently logged old growth tree on Brown Mountain was growing before America was discovered.

"This is a significant find and should now see the government value and protect all our remaining ancient forests - not just as natural relics but as ancient carbon stores", said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland. "These mammoth trees have taken 6-800 years to grow and store their carbon - it takes an hour to cut them down. So much for claims of sustainability."

Save Brown Mountain

Monday, December 1, 2008

The campaign video made in 2008 to bring attention to clearfell logging on Brown Mountain, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.


Brown Mountain Videos

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Brown Mountain is one of the last significant stands of old-growth forest in Victoria. Two weeks ago the Victorian Government ordered the government owned logging company Vic Forests Inc to begin clear-felling the area. Community concern has been ignored with government spokesmen claiming there are no old trees being logged. The government is preventing public access to the logging area as it rushes to log two adjoining areas. This footage was taken secretly and shows third world standard old-growth forest logging.

BROWN MT - The fight is on!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Brown MountainThe immense trees that have sheltered and raised hundreds of generations of owls and gliding possums are now being hacked down by VicForests. The under-storey of tree ferns and waratahs, twining silkpod and musk daisy bush is being crushed into the mud by 40 tonne dozers.

Brown Mt - 20 years on

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Here’s a quick summary of the Brown Mountain saga so far:

    This controversial area of National Estate forest has been in the limelight since 1989. Small but viable stands of ancient forest remain after years of butchery.
    A 20 ha stand of old growth was clearfelled on Brown Mountain over summer 08-09. VicForests lied to the Minister’s office about the need to log it. VicForests also mockingly called the coupe “the Walk” knowing it was the mapped and planned old growth walk Steve Bracks had previously agreed to fund.

Flawed maps and broken promises

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

In 2006, the then premier, Steve Bracks, made a promise to protect all significant stands of old growth currently available for logging. This, with several other areas called icon forests amounted to about 41,000 ha. However, he also promised there would be no impact on the logging industry - an impossible undertaking.

BROWN MOUNTAIN - a short history

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Brown Mountain was assessed and listed as an old growth National Estate area by the Commonwealth Heritage Commission in the 1980s.

That means it has the same values as a National Park. The management of these areas were handed to the state government which promptly set about clearfelling them in 1989.